The hot spring area of Kaga Onsen is made-up of four towns: Yamashiro, Yamanaka, Amazu and Katayamazu. Boasting a 1300-year history, the region is one of Central Japan’s best known and most popular onsen areas. Each town has its own ‘soyu’ (public bathhouse) located near the centre. Typical of most hot spring towns in Japan, each is also home to many guesthouses – with their own in-house hot springs – ranging in price from budget to luxury.
The entire Kaga Onsen area is quite spread out however a convenient shuttle bus service called ‘Canbus’ connects each of the onsen towns, costing JPY1000 for a 1-day pass or JPY1200 for a 2-day pass.
For accommodation options, refer to our ‘Kaga Onsen Area’ hotel page.
Accessible all times of day
Accessible throughout the year
Kaga Onsen can be easily reached from Kanazawa Station using a local train to Kaga Onsen Station – 50 min / JPY770 – or take the Thunderbird from Kanazawa to Komatsu Station and switch onto the Hokuriku Line (local line, not the shinkansen) and head to Kaga Onsen Station. From there, visitors can use the Canbus to reach their desired hot spring town